05.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

After crapping the bed the entire season, Francisco Liriano NO-HIT the Chicago White Sox. I am willing to bet the people that are still holding onto him, had him on their bench. I know Killboy did! That stinks. Great start, but not without concern as he K’d only 2 and walked 6. If you’re looking to sell, now is the time and be sure you point out the no-hitter and how he has “turned the corner” after noticing a mechanical flaw before this start. Good luck.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Scott Sizemore
– 3/4, R, RBI…Recently recalled – and starting – second baseman could provide value in your middle infield.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Don’t talk about him much, but he’s quietly hitting .316 with 2 HR and 20 RBI.

Brett Wallace – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Continues to hit. He’s now at .383 and in the clean-up spot, I assume until El Caballo comes back.

Jose Reyes – 3/3, R, RBI, 3 BB, SB…Joe King is the most consistent Met as he may be auditioning for another team. He’s now batting .325 with 11 steals.

Carlos Beltran – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…How about that. Hitting .283 and playing every day. Let him sit on your wire.

Jeff Francoeur – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI….315/7/23. Your window of opportunity to sell is still open, but could slam shut at anytime.

Luke Scott – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…I benched him because he was facing a lefty. Dumb. Now has 4 HR in his last 6 games. Remember what I said?

Matt Holliday – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Rough night as he saw his average dip to .409.

Gaby Sanchez – 4/5 R, RBI…If he could stop hitting singles, he’d be a top pick!

Justin Upton – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Upton has been mired in a bit of a slump, but hopefully the HR gets him going. He stands at .283/6/15/.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…Speaking of someone that needs to get going. Just his 2nd HR while batting .247.

Ian Kinsler – 1/2, 2 R, BB, SB…He too needs to get going!

Carlos Pena – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Another slumping “star” hit just his first HR of the season. Average all the way up to .164!

The Arms:
Cole Hamels
-CG, 5 H, ER, 6:1…20 wins is a real possibility the way he’s pitching. Check his game log and expect him to give up at least 2 runs in his next start and then none in the following.

Brad Penny – 6 IP, 6 H, 1:2…Shut the Yankees and Sabathia down. I still would not trust him.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 11:1…Awesome. Lester is now (4-1) with a 2.33 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 46 K in 46.1 innings.

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:1…A decent start, but outshined by Liriano.

Fausto Carmona – 8 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:1…Getting the pattern now? Limited the walks, won the game.

Tyson Ross – 6.1 IP, 8 H, ER, 3:0…Fuentes blew this one for him, as the kid turned in another decent start.

Alexi Ogando – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 6:1…Smooth sailing until the bullpen blew it.

Erik Bedard – 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3:2…Look out now. Two straight quality starts.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5:2…Owners will take this after a miserable season to date.

Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 8:2…Looked like a great line for owners until “The ‘stache” called Broxton in to close it out.

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If you have any roster or trade questions, feel free to drop me an email at 4thandHome@gmail.com. I should be able to get back to you within 18 hours.

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